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Adam Was The First To Break The Ceiling Of This World

Laitman_712_03Question: What is the Kabbalistic meaning of Rosh Hashana, the new year?

Answer: Rosh Hashana is a new beginning, and the wisdom of Kabbalah is the wisdom of life that includes the wisdom of the universe, the wisdom of creation.

After all, it speaks about all of nature, about the totality of nature, not only our world, but also about all the higher worlds that are found above it. In the meantime, humanity doesn’t know anything about what exists beyond the limits of this world, but it still is approaching this attainment.

Rosh HaShana is the day Adam HaRishon (First Man), Adam, was created. It is precisely this event that we celebrate on this day, the creation of Adam.

But the question can be asked: How could Adam have been created 5,775 years ago if it is known that humans already lived thousands of years before then? This is proven by archaeological excavations and ancient inscriptions on stone that have survived until our day. We have found plenty of evidence for the existence of humanity in the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age.

This means that there is overwhelming evidence that humans appeared much before 5,775 years ago, and clearly the wisdom of Kabbalah agrees with this. It only adds that Adam was the first who became an Adam (Man).

In our world, there are three types of creatures: inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature. The human also belongs to the animate world.

The truth is that he has a more developed sense and reason. He builds more comfortable houses for himself than animal dens, develops commerce and industry, and explores the world that surrounds him, but it is doubtful if this makes his life happier than the lives of the animals. According to all indications, humans are only part of the animate world.

The wisdom of Kabbalah says that Adam was a human, like us, who lived 5,775 years ago. However, he is considered to be the First Man because he was the first to discover the secret of life, what we are living for, why we were created, and what there is beyond our lives in this world. He was the first to break the ceiling of this world to a higher world. After all, our world is the lowest of all the worlds, as Adam discovered. Before then, we didn’t even know about this. After entering the upper world, Adam told others about it; Adam conveyed to his students the wisdom that he discovered about the upper world and its management of us. He talked about the secret of life, that life is meaningful and purposeful.

Our life possesses a higher value because it makes it possible for us, through special activities, to break out of our world into the upper world; this physical life was given to us to attain the upper world in our lifetime and to become humans after Adam, meaning to become “the children of Adam.”

Adam is called Adam HaRishon because he was the first who rose to the next level, the upper world, where he became “like” (Domeh) the Creator, the higher power that operates there.
From the Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 9/6/15

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Refugees: What Will Happen To Europe? Part 1

laitman_424_02The Verdict On Personal Space

Question: Why did the stream of refugees to Europe become specifically so massive now?

Answer: A very special situation has developed today with the whole world taking on a new global form. Borders are becoming blurred, statehood is undermined, and all forms of sectoral divisions are dying out. Everything is intermixing, everyone is becoming merged with everyone else and being interspersed among everyone in terms of living space.

We will need to make sense of this new format and understand how to live with it from now on. Before, the accepted canon was one single nation, living in one place with its own religion, its own laws and culture, with the succession of generations, and so on. But now we are standing on the threshold of a world that looks nothing like the previous one. All boundaries and limitations are disappearing.

It is very uncomfortable and frightening. “I do not want to live in such a world. I hope that my children are better prepared for it.” This is how a person who grew up in totally different conditions thinks.

And indeed, how does one accept the loss of their own cozy nook, the loss of no free space left on this earth just for me alone?

It would be nice to shut myself off in my own room, equipped with everything I need so that there would be no need to go outside. There, I feel safe with nobody around me and nobody invading my personal space.

But even such escape seems unattainable. People will not be left with even 10 square meters of their own. Why? Because we have to change our nature. I need to truly exit from my egoism, my internal boundaries, and from that cube in the depths of consciousness that seems to me as my own little room that is inaccessible to anyone else. This is what is going to be taken away from me.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 8/27/15

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The Epoch Of Reverse Discrimination

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (Mark Zaltzberg – Professor of Physics, University of Houston, Texas): “We live in the epoch of decency and honesty discrimination – the qualities that were laid in the very foundation of a once great and prosperous country.  

“Modern America has turned into a theater of absurdity: parents are afraid of their children, teachers are scared of their students and their parents, police are alarmed by criminals, Christians are terrified by atheists and Muslims, normal men and women are scared of homosexuals, white people are disturbed by black people, and soldiers and policemen are fearful of shooting the enemy.

“At the same time, blacks and Muslims are not at all afraid of anything; any deviation from the norm is defended by law. Absurdities are innumerable; decent people are afraid to call absurdities by name. Moreover, silly laws are pressed upon us and require us to pretend that we favor this state of affairs.”

My Comment: We have truly entered the age of reverse discrimination and things that previously were considered good are now are considered bad. Thing formerly prohibited have now become essential and permissible. The Torah talks about this situation in harsher terms: “Haters of humans live in their house.”

The Torah also shows a way out of the situation through the implementation of the law of unity and love among people. The upper world is ready to do its job if we submit ourselves to its influence. We must implement the conditions of attaining unity set forth by the Rabash.

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Love Exists Only Above Egoism

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: If I correct myself to the extent that I can love my husband unconditionally, no matter what he is like, would I still see his shortcomings?

Answer: If I ask the force from above to correct me and help me see my spouse without any conditions, then I see him completely corrected. This is called “Love will cover all crimes.”

Similarly, a mother does not see any flaws in her child since to he is the best, smartest, and most attractive.

Question: So I rise above my displeasure of a certain quality of my husband, ask to correct my attitude to love, and then suddenly it seems good to me?

Answer: The only way to come to love is by correcting yourself. I am not trying to overlook my partner’s flaws and deceive myself, but I rise above them, as I want to love him as he is.

But correction needs to start with love of friends. Until we begin to correct the relationships between all of us, we will not be able to correct the relationships within a family. This is why the institution of the family is falling apart and will continue to deteriorate further. It will come to the point where children will be killing their parents, and parents will be devouring their own children in the most literal sense.

Comment: But people are seeking romantic love, not love of friends.

Answer: This is because people are looking for material, egoistic love, which they will never find. Love exists only above egoism, and one should look for it inside oneself.

There is no need to look for an attractive object to love. The moment I realize what true love is, I should look for a partner who also understands how to achieve it.

And in that case, it does not matter whether or not we like each other’s appearance. I would come to a wise person and tell him about my desire to marry, and he would find me a suitable partner with whom we can build a correct family.

Such spouses want to find love that is above them. This is why they are not concerned about their spouse’s face or character, but only their willingness to build a relationship of mutual love that is above all shortcomings. They understand that each one needs to correct oneself, and in that measure, they will come closer and connect.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 8/30/15

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The Possible Leap

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How will our life look when the new global education process that develops consciousness within us begins? Will the people of Israel begin living like one family?

Answer: Everyone will relate to others like they were his own children. He will be happy about their success and sad about their failures.

He will love everyone, wish them well, and other people will treat him likewise. This means that “all of Israel are friends.” This way we come to a world of absolute good.

Everyone feels love towards one another and it entirely covers hatred. This is what it means to come out to freedom.

Question: Do you indeed believe that this is possible?

Answer:  I don’t just believe but know this is possible if we reveal the second power, which is the power of good. One more force will awaken within our nature that will stand against Pharaoh, the evil force. If we awaken this good force within us, it will completely neutralize Pharaoh by covering all transgressions with the clothing of love.

Let’s make this leap (Pasach), which symbolizes the Passover , and come to this good and kind world.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 3/22/15

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Following The Angel That Shows Us The Way

Laitman_709The Torah, “Exodus,” 33:1 – 33:3: The Lord spoke to Moses: “Go, ascend from here, you and the people you have brought up from the land of Egypt, to the land that I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying: ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I will send an angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivvites, and the Jebusites to a land flowing with milk and honey; because I will not go up in your midst since you are a stiff-necked people, lest I destroy you on the way.”

When He turns to Moses, the Creator calls him and the nation of Israel to begin their actual exodus from Egypt (from the egoistic desire to receive that they are in) and to fulfill the path of the ascent to the next level, to the level of Israel.

The angel that leads Moses is the force that manages and shows a person who yearns for the Creator which way to go, since otherwise he will find himself without a steering wheel or a sail along the spiritual path.If a person really wants to accept the attributes of love and bestowal by annulling his selfish attributes each time and obeying the angel that leads him, the managing force operates.

It is actually the same Light that descends upon us and leads us forward. Obeying the angel means focusing yourself on the attribute of love and bestowal of the Creator, Who is this one attribute, the only field towards which we should constantly advance.

Question: What does it mean to go to the “land flowing with milk and honey?”

Answer: Milk is the attribute of bestowal (Bina) and honey is a more sublime attribute (Hochma). The attributes are revealed in the land of Israel, in the desire that is clearly connected to the Creator, which means that it is full of the corrected attribute above the ego.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/16/13

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